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      10.04.2007 12:29
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      Official PlayStation 2 Magazine

      Under my bed is a box full of magazines, mostly issues of the monthly Official PlayStation Magazine (OPSM), of which I have about over a years worth. It wasn't my preferred PlayStation publication; at a fiver it wasn't cheap - I felt the quality can be a mixed bag at times - but I liked to sample different games from the demo CD. At the time with news of the PlayStation 2 in it's early stages and the number of new PSOne releases being on the low side, attention was being shifted to the PS2 - however, I wasn't ready for such a change. Along with the odd content which I found questionable I soon stopped buying the magazine.

      Since then the internet had become more widely and easily available, with magazines no longer being the only way of keeping up-to-date with some of the latest news. A look at the ABC stat - number of copies shifted throughout a period - for the PlayStation 2 Official Magazine-UK (OPS2) shows that they are down by about two thirds in comparison to OPSM, despite the popularity of the PS2. It would be about 7 years before I buy an Official PlayStation Magazine via OPS2. What made me consider buying that issue (#82, February 2007) was the playable demo for two football games, as well as a games directory - which I would find handy - put together from that very issue. At £5.99 it is pricey, and on 132 pages it is notably thinner than any of my issues of OPSM.

      From the amusing pictures of the contributors found in the opening editorial, it is clear that this magazine does not take things too seriously. What follows is the contents then a brief look at the samples of games that can be found on the DVD. The instructions are left to the demo, and there is well enough to do here on this disk. The DVD is easy to navigate, although I did wish that the game demos were programmed for a quick restart. One demo would crash if I didn't skip the sequence but this is not entirely the fault of those responsible for the magazine.

      Flicking over to the next couple of pages, "A great game is always a great game, no matter when it was released" - I never thought I would see this given that this is the kind of magazine which would be too happy to occasionally wheel out the tired old gameplay-over-graphics argument, only to proceed by marking down or having a moan at a game not being visually up-to-scratch. Anyway, in this Postal section where they deal with different types of mail - including those by text message which I loathe, I found the Score Bores to be a waste of space. This is where they highlight quotes from people of various sources who dare be disrespectful enough to question their game ratings.

      What follows is the news and game previews regarding the PS2, PSP and PS3. Such is the level of graphical detail in most of today's games perhaps the size of the screenshots do not show them in the light they deserve, but there is enough to look at here. The pages are certainly not short of colour - something I found lacking in OPSM with page after page of white backgrounds, but I feel it is no match for the games magazines of the early 90s which were stylish as well as being colourful.

      Onto the Review section (of PS2 and PSP games), backed by: "the only reviews section you can trust" - which I find, how would I put it? Optimistic? After-all, those quoted in the Score Bores surely have had something to say about that! I felt the way the reviews were written was good and the quality throughout was fairly consistant. Disappointingly, only the main featured game was given a full colour treatment.

      Next, there is a glimpse at the game charts - no game voucher like they used to have in OPSM I'm afraid. Monthly challenges for the competitive, then cheats and a walkthrough - which might be of use in the future. What is nice about the games directory are the Top 5 lists and the OPS2 Time Test for a handful of games. Of worry is that one game being put through the test had a score dropped from 9 to 6 (out of ten), so just how much consideration they take when rating is questionable. To close there are plenty of advertisements for mobile-related stuff and even the Official Magazine has to host adverts for adult chat-up lines. Both the magazine and DVD case have a BBFC 15 certificate, though there is nothing dodgy with the magazine except those back pages.

      Given the 'Official' tag this magazine gears itself towards the casual gamer - the Postal section is indication of this as I did not find anything raised by the readers that struck a point with me. I felt this way about OPSM, but when I think back to that magazine I realise how watered-down OPS2 is; gone are the columns and insightful features. I guess that's what you can do with 20-odd extra pages, but I would have been better off spending that £5.99 towards some games.

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        04.11.2006 13:18
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        It is BRILLIANT

        I've been buying this magazine for about 2 years now and it's never failed me. I'm 11 and have been playing computer games for at least 6-7 years now and the ops2 magazine has guided me to all the best games. The free demo is a great way to tempt you into buying games and the game saves really help. One of my favourite sections is the letters page. Cut and paste is cool and wierd and thereader face off is brill. All you out there who dont like the ops2 mag clearly have no taste. Some day ops2 will rule this world.... The price is a rip off though...

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          11.05.2006 10:25
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          good magazine

          I used to buy this magazine when it first came out and it has got great tips and cheats in for playstation 2 games and with nearly every magazine you get a demo disc with some great coming releases on there and you can play some of the new games not all of it but a little taster before you buy.
          The magazine cost about £3.50 and that was quite a few years ago.Istopped buying it stopped playing computer games when i had my children.
          My partners uncle bought the playstation2 magazine for my daughter a couple of months ago and i thought i would flick through it before she reads it and was horrified to find that quiet a few pages had adult contents in there and when i told my partner he couldnt believe it because it didnt have things like that in when we bought it.
          Having to tell my 8 year old that she couldnt read it yet as i had to cut them pages out.
          Apart from that the magazine is good and you can always find ideas about games before you buy them and it has got a lot of cheats in there.

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            31.10.2005 23:18
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            Great for reading, but expensive

            You start off with a good front cover of a new game like Pro Evo 5 for example, and just that alone makes you want to buy it. Its Pro Evo 5 for crying out loud!

            Then you have the editors page, great for a few laughs with a short summary of the magazine AND a graph of what theyve been talking about, not games. They talk about movies and women and rumours, a great read.

            You then have a magazine chocked full of reviews and previews, of which, as the editor reminds us throughout the mag are first glances at games because they are official, so they get a lot of the games first. It is the letters that are also good, with some witty comments from writer and editors/publishers. When youve read this magazine that can be from 150-180 pages long, you look at the pictures. But theyre not just pictures, no, more writing too, with rude comments here and there, that relate to the game of course. This is a major reason to buy the magazine, they are hilarious. Then, nothing at all to do with a magazine most of the time, there are models too, dotted all around the place, a bit weird for a playstation magazine with readers that are young, but it is nothing rude. They just have speech bubbles saying funny things. It is good for £6 now isn't it. There is also some PSP, PS3, DVD and CD reviews at the back too.

            How much fun in just 1 magazine can you get. If you are thinking £6 still, then, as one readers comment pointed out, get a subscription to save up to 37%, god i waste my money.

            Now, at the moment i have a magazine in front of me, laughing at the amount of comments they can make at a game called Super Monkey Ball Delux. Really, i may be laughing at the most immature jokes but, theyre funny. Also, there is resident evil, 8 pages i think, a 10/10 game, and another, burnout, the list never stops.

            Now there is the demo disc, with Playable Demos, A spy at upcoming games, a monitor of games, goal of the month (pro evo) and comedown. Demose vary from 5-12 games per disc tooo.

            If you dont want a magazine this good buy another, but be warned, they are about £4, not many being less than that, and, get this, unofficial magazines dont have playable demos, they are just demos...to watch. nope, if you actually would like to play a game you like, not watch it, be dissapointed when youve spent £30 on a game and sold it for half the price, go official. This is the magazine for you.

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              07.03.2005 15:11
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              Having decided about a month ago that I was going to buy one of the new slimline Playstation 2 consoles I set about reading all I could on available and upcoming games as well as new and exciting projects in the PS2 world. The internet can only tell you so much about a particular item and every now and again it is nice to fall back on the printed word. Enter Playstation 2 Official Magazine-UK, one of the three available monthly periodicals concentrating on the PS2 and all that surrounds it. Although more expensive than its competitor - £5.99 compared to £3.99 for P2 magazine – Playstation 2 official magazine-UK had a little more “buy me” appeal to it, so I paid the nice man at the counter and headed home for a closer perusal.

              The magazine is contained in a bag that mimics its cover and helps to contain the two “free” PS2 DVD’s supplied. Rather oddly the magazine is almost square in shape rather than the more traditional rectangular norm, I guess it means they can fit more on each page though so best not complain. At 146 pages it is thick enough without being telephone directory-esque and a mere three useless leaflets drop out when the magazine is shaken over a bin. The contents seem to be split into five main sections under the headings of Spy, Monitor, Review, Replay and You got it.

              Spy

              The Spy section is spread across twenty pages and concentrates on the latest news in the PS2 world. The issue I have before me (February 2005) has detailed looks at some future game releases in the war and first person shooter genre as well as an amusing quarter page piece on game clichés. The PSP (Playstation Portable) gets a two page looking at while a staff writer for the magazine ponders what songs might be next to make it to the Singstar™ stage. Finally an interesting piece on why EA Sports are so good at producing football games while a girl tries her hand – and promptly beats – some men in a Pro Evolution 4 Soccer game challenge.

              Monitor

              Monitor is the section to head for if you want to read detailed previews of games just about to be released. Taking up twenty-four pages this section offers plenty of screenshots and information on games such as Brothers in Arms, The Punisher and Monkey Mania to name but three of the fifteen games featured. It also offers a clever marking system where by the game is graded after a few days play rather than immediate impressions. Each game also has an ETA time so that if a particular one catches your eye and whets your appetite you will know exactly which day to be waiting outside your local game shop to grab a copy.

              Review

              No prizes for guessing what the review section concentrates on, good and colourful looks at games which are available here and now. Twenty-three pages are given over to this part of the magazine in which sixteen games are tested to exhaustion and rated on graphics, sound, gameplay and lifespan. A mark is then awarded out of ten with the select few that get eight, nine or ten being bestowed with a bronze, silver or gold PS2 magazine award. The reviews range from a four page in depth look at a game called Shadow of Rome to half page concise reviews on Trivial Pursuit Unhinged and Zoo Puzzle. In this issue five games make it to bronze status with no silver or gold awarded. At the over end of the spectrum poor old Trivial Pursuit Unhinged is given something of a mauling to go with its meagre two out of ten rating.

              Replay

              This is an interesting little section that deals with game cheats and challenges as well as a surgery for gamers to write into if they are struggling at a certain point in a game. There is also a review section with a difference where readers can write in and disagree with a rating given to a certain game and argue why they feel it should be changed. In the cheats section there is a two page walkthrough for GTA: San Andreas and smaller paragraphs giving cheat codes for other games. Finally there are two charts, the first giving the top twenty PS2 games in which the aforementioned GTA: San Andreas sits atop and a hot one hundred chart listing the best one hundred PS2 games in the magazines opinion.

              You Got It

              You Got It concentrates on the various goodies contained on the two free disks that came with the magazine. On the first there is a full - all be it light - version of Eyetoy Chat with which you can communicate with friends and family via a broadband internet connection and an Eyetoy. In the magazine there is the option to upgrade to the full version but this light version is an ideal way to try it out to see if you like it. The second disk is cram packed with eight playable demos and exclusive trailers for upcoming games. There are also game saves to load onto your PS2 memory card or hard-drive and a goal of the month compilation for Pro Evolution Soccer 3 fans.

              Other Features

              Interspersed between the five main sections above are regular features such as the three page letters section and subscription offers. Incoming is a page on which most future game releases are listed together with recommendations to buy, try or avoid. Come down is described as a nice cup of tea after a hard days work and cools things down after the excitement the rest of the magazine has delivered. Of course adverts make up a big portion of the magazine as well with a rough calculation from me that they make up around a quarter of the 146 pages.

              Conclusion

              Well there is little doubt in my mind that this is a good magazine worthy of its position as the number one PS2 publication. The balance between the sections is just about right and each review or article is well written and picture rich. The two disks provide a good amount of on console entertainment while the adverts are plentiful without being over intrusive. One negative point is the inclusion of some adult chat-line adverts towards the back of the magazine, although the majority of buyers will probably be adult there is no age restriction and a fair few young teens also no doubt buy or read the magazine. That aside this is a good magazine and worth the £5.99 cover price, four stars out of five.

              www.futurenet.com/ps2officialmaguk

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                31.01.2004 22:18
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                The Official Playstation 2 Magazine is a very good magazine for all PS2 owners. Each month the magazine delivers you all the latest information, previews, reviews and charts of all the hottest new games plus an excellent demo disc. News: This is probably the best magazine for PS2 news and gossip. It gives you all the latest news from the games companies, informing you about all the upcoming games & projects, news about developers and companies, and info about new Sony consoles like the PSP and Playstation 3. They seem to get all the news and info months before other games and that makes it the best magazine for PS2 gossip. Previews: They have all the best and latest previews in their 'monitor' section. With all the latest gossip and excellent screenshots of the upcoming games, they often get sample versions from the developers and therefore know exactly what is happening in the development of new games. They give a very good rating of how excited to get about the new games and whether they are hot or not. Reviews: Their reviews of new games are excellent, they give fantastic, detailed descriptions of all the features of the games, with their impressions on the game. The give the game a good play through and therefore their reviews are totally accurate and they know what their talking about before they review the game. They give a good marks scheme out of 10 which is worked out by their scores out of 10 on Graphics, sound, gameplay and lifespan which all include a little comment to show why they came to that decision. Competitions & reader input: There is loads for the reader to take part in, most of which have prizes up for grabs. They usually have one feature competition which are like prize draws but also opportunities to win by writing to their postal section, correcting mistakes in the magazine (though there aren't many),writing your own reviews for them and getting high scores in games and sending them in incl
                uding a goal of the month competition for football games. The demo: With each issue, comes an exclusive demo disc. The demo disc has exclusive playable demos of new games, most of which are very good with quite a lot to do (to say they're demos!). The demo disc also features great preview videos of upcoming games and downloadable content for top games including cheats and bonus content. Overall, a very good magazine, the only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is that they can sometimes be a bit biased towards SCEE games and also tend to give the readers what they want to hear in their scores rather than an honest score, but otherwise a fantastic magazine.

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                  10.06.2002 18:22

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                  Future Publishing have a knack of producing quality mags. This is no exception. In true Future Publishing style, their 'official' license from Sony for this mag ensures it's clear, packed with up-to-the-minute news, previews and reviews, plus huge features with trillions of screenshots from the actual games themselves as opposed to other versions that may be in existence already, and presents them in massive full colour articles with some of the best games writers in the business. Being 'official' of course also allows them to access the latest playable demos of brand new and past classic games for the system - the demo disc is often a superb addition and the perfect compliment to the mag. I have a slight problem with this mag only. Can they really justify the recent price increase up to £5.49 per issue? Subscribing isn't much cheaper. They have a massive turnover on this mag monthly and have never seen reason previously since the first incarnation of the Official Playstation Magazine to increase the reddies needed to buy it. So why now? Heartily recommended still though to anyone with the system, or those thinking of buying one.

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                  12.02.2002 01:36
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                  Official Playstation 2 Magazine (OPS2) is by far one of the best News/Preview/Review magazines that you're going to find for the Playstation 2. At first glance the magazines may seem somewhat pricey, but once you realise the volume and sheer quality of the contents you will most likely deem it justified. Most people like the mag for it's playable demo disc which is all very well, but that's only half the story (in fact it's probably about 1/8). You see, the beauty of this publication lies not in the disc, nor even the pictures littered throughout, no, the beauty is in the quality of the writing. Quite frankly the mag is a joy to read, well at least I think so. Although the writing style differs from section to section due to different journalists, it all remains very refreshing and different to 90% of the generic crap out there. The literary devices used to disperse what I like to call the readers, 'in-head narration' are numerous, and the standard of writing is unflinching. The detail in the majority of the reviews is credible and I have found their scores of games to be reliable, if a little stingy in some cases. Some areas of the mag are brilliant, like the design your own game section, and the interviews with the developers are great. Having said this, there are a couple of sections to the mag that are a complete waste of time. Take for example the music review section. I mean if I wanted to read about music I would buy a music magazine, right? The same goes for the DVD review section, but I suppose since the PS2 has the ability to play them it's just an added bonus. Overall I would have to say that the magazine is excellent and I subscribe and so speak from experience. Youngsters or adults with a mental age below that of a 12 year old may have difficulty recognising some of the more adventurous adjectives and may find the context of a lot of the reviews somewhat difficult to grasp. All in al
                  l though this is (as I said before) an absolutely fantastic magazine. Go buy, be enlightened!

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                    31.01.2002 17:08
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                    This magazine is a must have for all Playstation 2 owners. The thing that makes it stand out from the crowd is the inclusion of a playable DVD. This makes the price (£4.99) slightly more than other mags on the market, but for this you get, in my opinion a better magazine as well as the option to try games before you buy them. The magazine is divided into various sections. The first of these is a summary of the DVD including instructions for the demos. The news section keeps you up to date with the latest rumours, games in early development and charts as well as updates from other territories. This section is one of my favourites as it keeps you up to date with the latest innovations currently surfacing in Japan. There is then a more detailed section focusing on a few games in development as well as some interviews with production teams. One criticism I have of this section is that it is often a little too optimistic about these games in development and doesn?t really say if they look rubbish. I suppose that this is to be expected however as the games aren?t yet finished so bugs are inevitable. Thankfully the reviews will state if a game is below par. Reviews vary in size from a few pages for eagerly anticipated blockbusters to half pages for other releases. The reviewers tend to write in an entertaining style whilst still getting across the important points. This makes the magazine entertaining as well as informative. For those new to the magazine there is a reviews database with small summaries of each game reviewed. I would also like to see this included on the DVD as then they would be able to include a bit more info on the titles. The tips section will be of great use to those stuck on games. It covers walkthroughs of the latest titles as well as cheats and a clinic for your gaming problems. The DVD features videos of the latest games as well as the playable demos. The numbers of playable demos h
                    as increase over recent months with the average now around 6-7. One problem I have had is with a DVD. A demo wouldn?t work so I emailed the publishers. Unfortunately they did not reply. As if this was not enough this months DVD has a Metal Gear Solid 2 playable demo. An essential purchase as this is quite simply the greatest piece of entertainment ever.

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                      25.09.2001 01:50

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                      The Official Sony Playstation 2 magazine as the name suggests is the Playstation 2’s official magazine. It costs £4.99 per issue and comes out monthly. Right that’s that out of the way. Now onto the opinion. OSPM2 is the magazine of choice for PS2 owners. Others are cheaper and usually come out a few days before OSPM2 but that is of little matter. Being official, I find that it is much easier to trust OSPM2’s reviews of games. It makes me a little more trusting knowing that the magazine editors haven’t received a large cheque from some half-bit games creator in exchange for a good review. OSPM2 has the exclusive rights to having playable demos on its ‘free’ DVD. I say ‘free’ because nothing in life is and the price is incorporated into the fairly large £4.99 asking price. So what do you get for your money? Well, as mentioned you actually get to play the games before forking out £40 on the whole game to later find out that it is indeed rubbish. The quality of the DVD varies from issue to issue dependant on what games feature in it. As well as the playable demos the DVD features videos from forthcoming games as well as interviews with the people who make them. I would probably pay £5 alone for this DVD as it is as helpful in choosing which game to buy as any review can be. The magazine itself is written to a high standard with none of the abrasive childish humour that sometimes appears in other game mags. The newest releases are reviewed in depth each issue and rated out of 10. As well as review and previews the mag has news from the world of gaming, monthly features and regular columns. Also included is a cheats section with various hints, tips and walkthroughs. Overall the magazine is my favourite PS2 mag and I feel it is well worth the money. It doesn’t take long to read the whole thing but it has proven invaluable in aiding me in which game
                      s to buy for my PS2. Definitely a cut above the rest.

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                      12.09.2001 23:35
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                      There are very few reasons why you really NEED to buy a magazine nowadays. Right now you’re reading this so you must be online in which case there are a mass of sites out there that are more up to date than just about any magazine. As soon as any mag hits the shops it’s out of date – it just may be the first time that you’ve happened across the information contained therein. If you’re now thinking “here he goes, he’s going to tear the mag apart”, you’re actually wrong. When I purchased my PC a couple of years ago the first thing I bought was a copy of PC Zone to go with it. There was a cover disc containing playable demos and the mag was full of things that I otherwise would never have known about. Two years later and I have a lovely PS2 sat in my house. Despite having internet access though I buy the Official Playstation 2 Magazine EVERY month without fail. It’s not wasting money, it’s not utter madness, it’s £4.99 of sensible investment and I’m going to tell you why (not being the sort of person who expects you to believe everything I say!). The Mag: It’s published monthly by Future Publishing, costs £4.99, is a glossy quality mag and comes with a demo DVD (in proper DVD case). At the beginning you will find all the usual boring stuff such as contact information, writer/editor info and of course the more useful index. On the DVD: Probably the biggest single reason for buying this mag is the DVD. Every month the disc contains two or three PLAYABLE demos (something that isn’t available on other mags) as well as video footage (something that other mags still call Demos – probably to mislead you) and the occasional extra. The featured aspects are all broken down here and things such as controller function etc are explained. Preview: Nothing clever about the title – this is where you will find all o
                      f those preview stories about games that are on the way but not yet at review stage. The previews are generally packed with information and screenshots and they’re usually good enough to give you a solid idea of whether you’re going to be parting with your cash or whether you’ll be spending it on sweets instead. I can’t of course recommend that you spend £40 on sweets, just think of the consequences! Spy: A little bit more sinister sounding than it really is, the Spy section is basically the hot off the press info. Desperate journos may well have died in action trying to bring you this info although it’s much more likely that they’ve blagged a few days away in Japan under the guise of ‘investigative journalism’. The result is in our favour though as we’re treated with some really good and fresh news. The Japanese info is usually of special interest (to me anyway) as that’s usually where the new elements emerge. Features: Not really a necessary part of the mag to be honest but a worthwhile one nonetheless. It’s of course games related and usually revolves around interviews and behind the scenes stuff from your favourite games creators. Last month (in fact, it’s still this months one) they ran a feature on Fifa which compared it to ISS, discussed the new Fifa 2002 and had some screens of the new title. I can imagine that this part of the mag is directed more at the older readers as opposed to those who are looking for reviews and cheats. Reviews: Excellent, early and thorough. There’s nothing worse than being presented with a review for a game that you’ve just bought only to find out that it’s been rated as a complete pile of pap. Reviews are designed to be available before a game is out – that way you can buy with confidence or choose to steer clear. Even I get the occasional title to review and they’re usually avai
                      lable some time before hitting the shops. Latest example is MX2002 – I should have a copy for review soon and the release date isn’t until next Friday. In theory then I can get stuck in to it immediately and have it ready and reviewed a day or two later – then you can go and buy it. I’m not a national magazine and my experience is nowhere near as vast as these guys so if you can just imagine a better and more polished version of what I write (yes I know, just try hard! ;) ) and you’re there. You may not always agree with them of course but usually they’re bang on with their verdict and I’ve been quite spooked at times that they’ve praised and criticised EXACTLY the same things as I have. The End: At the tail end of the magazine you will find other related snippets such as DVD reviews, Cheats and a comprehensive catalogue of previews game ratings – this in particular can be invaluable if you’re looking for a quick thumbs up (or down). Last but not least – the DVD: The disc is a key factor when deciding to purchase this mag. One thing you can’t get online is a playable demo of any PS2 game so if you see a game on the disc then that’s the only way you’re going to get to play some of it without renting or buying it. The demos are usually quite good although of course you’re limited quite heavily as to what you can access. With racing games it's usually one or two cars on one track (couple of laps), others may have a five minute time limit (such as the recent Snooker title). Buy it or bin it? Buy it, with confidence. At £4.99 it is a pound or two more than others on the shelf but for that extra money you do get playable demos and considering that it’s the same price as the old PSone Mag it’s really not a bad deal. If you’re buying it every month it is probably worth taking a subscription out – the
                      saving isn’t huge (only 50p per issue) but if you’re buying it you may as well save something. UK residents can subscribe by Direct Debit for £26.95 per six issues – saving 10% on the cover price.

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                        The Official Sony Playstation 2 magazine as the name suggests is the Playstation 2’s official magazine. It costs £4.99 per issue and comes out monthly. Right that’s that out of the way. Now onto the opinion. OSPM2 is the magazine of choice for PS2 owners. Others are cheaper and usually come out a few days before OSPM2 but that is of little matter. Being official, I find that it is much easier to trust OSPM2’s reviews of games. It makes me a little more trusting knowing that the magazine editors haven’t received a large cheque from some half-bit games creator in exchange for a good review. OSPM2 has the exclusive rights to having playable demos on its ‘free’ DVD. I say ‘free’ because nothing in life is and the price is incorporated into the fairly large £4.99 asking price. So what do you get for your money? Well, as mentioned you actually get to play the games before forking out £40 on the whole game to later find out that it is indeed rubbish. The quality of the DVD varies from issue to issue dependant on what games feature in it. As well as the playable demos the DVD features videos from forthcoming games as well as interviews with the people who make them. I would probably pay £5 alone for this DVD as it is as helpful in choosing which game to buy as any review can be. The magazine itself is written to a high standard with none of the abrasive childish humour that sometimes appears in other game mags. The newest releases are reviewed in depth each issue and rated out of 10. As well as review and previews the mag has news from the world of gaming, monthly features and regular columns. Also included is a cheats section with various hints, tips and walkthroughs. Overall the magazine is my favourite PS2 mag and I feel it is well worth the money. It doesn’t take long to read the whole thing but it has proven invaluable in aiding me in which game
                        s to buy for my PS2. Definitely a cut above the rest.

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                          Ah, what a refreshing change. The Official Playstation 2 Magazine is exactly that - official. Where in other cases, this means all games released by the company behind the console recieve high ratings no matter the quality due to the influence of the suits, this monthly publication is anything but corrupt in its reviewing policy. No, the brighter side of being an official magazine is reflected with this mag - for example all the important news about the console in question exclusively from the horse's mouth, they're the first to recieve demo copies of the big games to bring in-depth previews, and of course all the best games are given the go-ahead to feature on the DVD they give away with the magazine every month. The DVD, in fact, is one of the major strengths of this particular publication. Whereas other PS2 mags offer watchable demos of certain games, the Official Magazine has playable levels as well as the usual watchable previews. Reviews are well reasoned, with very few games indeed receiving a high bracket mark, which is a more realistic way of marking games - after all it's not all that often that something truly special comes on the market, and it's worth reserving top marks for when such an occaision arises. There are extended interviews with software houses, impressive previews, extremely helpful technical sections for those interested in that side of things, superb competitions - this magazine is truly a good read. It's not all great - some sections are annoying, such as the "design your own game" feature for example, which really belongs in a magazine aimed at a younger audience. However, these are minor quibbles, and when it comes to the crunch, if you're looking for a feature packed magazine with fair and balanced reviews everything Playstation 2 related, you could do much worse than chuck a fiver at your newsagent every month in exchange for the Official Playstation 2 Mag
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                            13.08.2001 18:55
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                            The Official Playstation 2 Magazine is the only official PS2 mag in the shops! It has a demo disc with playable demo's, the only PS2 mag with playable demo if i may add! The mag has great reviews, previews, news, letters and many more thing to feast your eyes on! From the latest screen shots to to interviews with the name behind your favourite games! This mag has it all, if the official playstation 2 magazine doesn't have it then no other PS2 mag will have it! I have been buying the magazine since i got my PS2 as i always buy the official magazines! As they always have some great playable demo's, the only problem with the official PS2 mag is that the demo disc never has many playable demo's! Whereas the official PS1 mag used to have sometime 4-5 playable demos sometimes more, sometimes less! But the most playables demos on the official PS2 demo disc has been about 3! This isn't that bad really because some of the demo's are great! but the demo disc always has loads of video clips of the latest games (which is great)! Still what the magazine lacks on the demo disc it certainly makes up for inside the mag! One of my favourite parts of the mag is the spy part, this includes all the latest new, screenshots and reports on whats happening in the huge world of PS2! It also inlcues release dates (which i can't live with out), news from other parts of the world, charts from other parts of the world! There is also i nce bit with the latest new and gizmo's from those crazy Japanese! You know what they are like, they make the craziest game around, essh what will they do next create a mosquito game (watch this space)! I also personally like the section where the magazines waccy staff describe the ideal game, like a shoot em up where you can shoot famous celebs, or trade porn with other people!! The official playstation 2 mag is a must buy mag for any PS2 owner, especially if they wanna keep up with the t
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                              03.07.2001 04:54
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                              Future publishing recieved the uk license to produce the official ps2 mag, endorsed by Sony(I think they got license over the other publishers due to the success of the official psone mag they produced). The very first issue produced was jack full of everything you can except relating to ps2, interviews with top developers, system specs, technical info, latest previews and news, launch game reviews and demos of a few launch games, all for £4.99. The second issue was a bit of a disappointment as it didn't have as much detail as the first due to dead lines and the lack of games after launch. Each issue afterwards included everything you could expect and was an achievement when there werent't many games available. The latest issues are worthy of your money for there full and honest reviews, news, features and demos. This is a decent mag although i prefer playstation world, it has everything that the official one has but for £3.49 plus a very impressive dvd of news, previews and import reviews that just don't come on official ps2. Good mag if you want to try out the latest games but my advice is stick with playstation world, cheaper, decent reviews and an impressive dvd.

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